I didn’t win Powerball this week. Neither did you, so I feel a little better. But Wednesday was interesting. I got three phone calls from out-of-state friends, begging me to buy them tickets here in Powerball-friendly Connecticut. One friend offered up half his winnings if he won. Another promised me a new car, and the third promised me a killer bottle of wine if he was the big winner.
A single bottle of wine? That’s it? Was he kidding?
As I stood in the Powerball line with about fifty other people who were ready to fork over their weekly paychecks, I got to thinking: What killer bottle of wine would I pick if, in fact, my cheap-o friend won? Would I "stick it to him" and request the most expensive bottle in the world (perhaps Thomas Jefferson's 1787 Lafite if it’s still around) so I could turn around and sell it purely for the money? Yeah, probably. But if I had to pick something readily available for pure drinking pleasure as opposed to collecting and selling, what would it be?
This raises the issue: Can a single bottle of wine really turn your world upside down? Would you rather dump all of your eggs into one basket instead of spreading them evenly among a few? Is a $1,000 bottle really worth four bottles valued at $250 a piece? I don’t think so, but then again, I’ve never had a thousand-dollar bottle of wine. I came pretty close once and it was pretty orgasmic, but would I turn down four bottles of 2001 Harlan Estate to experience it again? Hmmmm…Thoughts, ideas and suggestions are welcome, just in case my cheap-o friend wins the lottery someday.